eScience in Action

A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses

  • Andrew T Creamer (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Myrna E. Morales (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Donna Kafel (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Javier Crespo (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
  • Elaine R. Martin (University of Massachusetts Medical School)



This paper identifies a sample of research data curation and management courses available at American Library Association-accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) Programs in North America.


This sample was identified through a content analysis of LIS program course descriptions and syllabi (N=58). Using a framework of research data management and curation competencies, the team gathered a sample of research data curation and management courses offered between fall 2011 and summer 2012.


Only 13 (22%) of LIS programs currently offer a course focused on the management and curation of research data.


Although the literature supports LIS professionals adopting new roles and engaging in eScience and data management, most LIS data-related programs do not have a separate course solely focused on research data management. More LIS programs will need to adapt their curricula in order to help students and practicing professionals develop the needed competencies in research data curation and management.

Keywords: research data management, data science, data management curriculum, data curation education

How to Cite:

Creamer, A. T., Morales, M. E., Kafel, D., Crespo, J. & Martin, E. R., (2012) “A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses”, Journal of eScience Librarianship 1(2): 4. doi:

Rights: Copyright © 2012 The Author(s).

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